Shawnee Mission hospital defends itse...

Shawnee Mission hospital defends itself against Deffenbaugh suit

There are 10 comments on the Kansas City Star story from Feb 19, 2008, titled Shawnee Mission hospital defends itself against Deffenbaugh suit. In it, Kansas City Star reports that:

Shawnee Mission Medical Center contends business mogul Ronald Deffenbaugh was on painkillers not provided by the hospital when he fell off an X-ray table and was paralyzed last summer.

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Nurse

Overland Park, KS

#1 Jun 3, 2008
It's pretty bad that we live in a society that there are so few people that are willing to accept the consequences/responsibilities for their own actions.
zipper

Kansas City, KS

#2 Jun 3, 2008
Shawnee Mission Medical Center should have to accept the fault for Mr. Deffenbaugh's condition. He should not have been left unattended, and improperly restrained.
I spent five days in SMMC in 2005 due to MRSA. I was admitted to a room that hadn't been cleaned. Food was on the wall, telephone, and under the bed. The dust was thick on the paper towel holder and throughout the room.
Three nights in a row the nurses tried to administer drugs to me that I don't even take.(heart medicine, and high blood pressure medicine)
It worries me to think about the patients who cannot speak. What medicines are they being given?
Shawnee Mission Medical Center didn't admit to any "fault" to these incidents either. I refuse to be taken to that hospital again.
Athena

Wichita, KS

#3 Feb 2, 2009
I was in the hospital when I experienced a heart attack at home. They tested me and said I had had a heart attack. This was on a Friday and they wanted to do exploratory surgery to check out my heart. It was thru the loin and up to the heart. I didn't mind them checking me out, but then they wanted me to sign a release paper so they could place a stent into my heart. I said absolutely no. They wouldn't check my heart unless I signed this release. I refused. I was there recovering that Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Monday is when they were going to place the stent in. I still refused the stent. They would not explore my situation and were going to release me from the hospital unless I signed the paper. I feel I was cocersed into signing it. I felt fine and healthy that whole week end. I had energy and life. Since I signed the paper they did the surgery, and placed the stent in my heart. I was extreamly against it. I had no say if I wanted them to find why I had the heart attack. Since then, now 5 years, I have had very ill health. My blood pressure sky rockets and won't regulate. I have an enlarged heart from the blood pressure and have to have another surgery because of a valve that doesn't close completely. I believe 100% that this hospital caused my problem.
john

Overland Park, KS

#4 Feb 3, 2009
It sounds like the hosiptal needs better management and health department oversite. I has in the hospitalize there with a blood clot, but they had several look at the X-ray and one doctor didn't read the X-ray correctly. His mistake could have killed me. I would try another hospital for safety.
Patient

Mission, KS

#5 May 18, 2009
I have had several friends and family that have been patients at Shawnee Mission and I have never had or heard about a bad experience. Just the opposite. Shawnee Mission is the one hospital I would want to be taken. I think events can happen anywhere that depending on the patient can be made to look negative. I've been in retail and worked with enough customers to know that some can never be satisfied. The staff at Shawnee Mission have always been curteous and helpful. they have always taken the extra time to explain. I for one would like to support them.
annonymous

Saint Paul, MN

#6 Jul 17, 2009
You people should realize that hospital personnel are good caring people and shit happens. In Mr Deffenbaugh's case, get the facts and then respond. Some of you sound like idiots responding on facts you don't know. SMMC is one of the best hospitals in the KC area and any many people go there for treatment and will continue to go. SMMC offers some of the best physicians in the KC area and staff are excellent.
Patient

Kansas City, KS

#7 Jan 26, 2012
Left patient on bed pan for 9-10 hours after surgery, patient's coccyx got 2 degree wound, pressure ulcer, hospital is reposible for that not personnel, if a patient had a surgey in same day, nurse should check the patient incision at least every two hours, or turn the patient. what happend? The nurses refused to let the family member know what happend!!!!. poor 80 years old mom was on the reguler bed pan not even fracture bed pan for almost 9-10 hours. is that neglect or what? what kind of care they provide?
Patient

Kansas City, MO

#8 Apr 12, 2014
Good old "Ronnie" was on drugs that he got from people not in the medical field, trust me, I know of them. He went into spasms and rolled off the table thus leaving him a one eyed turnip. Poetic justice me thinks after in his miserable life laying waste to so many other people's lives and businesses. Don't always believe what these " unbiased " papers print, remember that he gave his money where it best suited his needs,

Since: Apr 14

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#9 Apr 14, 2014
Oh my god..! Reading all these experiences, I feel so bad. It is unbelievable that the authorities responsible for saving our lives are behaving like this. Surely they need better management services and responsible staff.
george1956

Olathe, KS

#10 Apr 2, 2015
Patient wrote:
Left patient on bed pan for 9-10 hours after surgery, patient's coccyx got 2 degree wound, pressure ulcer, hospital is reposible for that not personnel, if a patient had a surgey in same day, nurse should check the patient incision at least every two hours, or turn the patient. what happend? The nurses refused to let the family member know what happend!!!!. poor 80 years old mom was on the reguler bed pan not even fracture bed pan for almost 9-10 hours. is that neglect or what? what kind of care they provide?
response---
This is not the hospital standard of care required by medicare. This incident can be reported to The Center for Medicare Services (CMS), so the injury does not happen to another elderly patient.Please contact me if you need assistance.

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